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senate Bill S. 278

Should the Congressional Budget Office Have to Show its Work by Making Data & Models Public?

Argument in favor

Congress needs a scorekeeper like the CBO, but there’s no reason for it to keep its fiscal and economic models a secret. The public deserves to know how the models they pay for work.

burrkitty's Opinion
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06/06/2019
Yes. Transparency transparency transparency. Even if we can’t see every output scenario from the model due to national security concerns, if the model itself is subject to the scrutiny of peer-review, the outcomes are more trustworthy. Put the models and all possible data out so it can be scrutinized. Thats how scientific models are put through the wringer. That’s how it should work for government too. SCIENTIFIC AND EVIDENCE BASED POLICY!
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Cherie65's Opinion
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06/06/2019
Transparency. From what I've read, Liberals are afraid of this...it will show how well Trump's policies are working. The debt has gone up slightly since we are trying to overcome the horrid Obama care debacle and his gutting of our national security/manufacturing jobs, but it will change as our economy grows after the trade deals are complete and more jobs=more taxes. It will take a while. Thanks, Obama----> #worstpresidentever .
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David's Opinion
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06/06/2019
They’re spending our tax dollars and affecting our economy. I’d want to know what they’re using to base their decisions. Edit: To countable users; in the details sections of these bills, it’ll almost always (even on budget bills, heck even this one) say that a CBO cost estimate is unavailable. Without the cost estimate, can we really make an informed opinion?
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Argument opposed

The CBO should continue to keep its fiscal and policy models a secret so that they’re not subject to politically motivated criticism. The public doesn’t need to know how the models work.

Rebekah 's Opinion
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06/06/2019
There is no excuse to politicize and cast aspersions at one of the few truly nonpartisan agencies left.
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Aaron's Opinion
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06/06/2019
While I believe in transparency, this bill will likely serve as a means to discredit the office when it is politically advantageous. Given the way public education has suffered in the last 40 years and the average citizen's grasp of mathematics it would be a simple exercise for an ambitious politician to make hay of this ignorance for their own gain.
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Ryan's Opinion
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06/06/2019
This is simply an attempt by the GOP to continue attacking the independent CBO.
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    Yes. Transparency transparency transparency. Even if we can’t see every output scenario from the model due to national security concerns, if the model itself is subject to the scrutiny of peer-review, the outcomes are more trustworthy. Put the models and all possible data out so it can be scrutinized. Thats how scientific models are put through the wringer. That’s how it should work for government too. SCIENTIFIC AND EVIDENCE BASED POLICY!
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    There is no excuse to politicize and cast aspersions at one of the few truly nonpartisan agencies left.
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    Transparency. From what I've read, Liberals are afraid of this...it will show how well Trump's policies are working. The debt has gone up slightly since we are trying to overcome the horrid Obama care debacle and his gutting of our national security/manufacturing jobs, but it will change as our economy grows after the trade deals are complete and more jobs=more taxes. It will take a while. Thanks, Obama----> #worstpresidentever .
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    They’re spending our tax dollars and affecting our economy. I’d want to know what they’re using to base their decisions. Edit: To countable users; in the details sections of these bills, it’ll almost always (even on budget bills, heck even this one) say that a CBO cost estimate is unavailable. Without the cost estimate, can we really make an informed opinion?
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    If we’re afraid of politically motivated criticism of budget projections, we should be equally worried about politically motivated data manipulation.
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    Absolutely! This is a government agency! They work for us! They can’t put out data or models without showing where they came from or how they created it! Our government should be as transparent as possible with the public!
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    While I believe in transparency, this bill will likely serve as a means to discredit the office when it is politically advantageous. Given the way public education has suffered in the last 40 years and the average citizen's grasp of mathematics it would be a simple exercise for an ambitious politician to make hay of this ignorance for their own gain.
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    Passing this at least gives those who care the tools to make up their own mind without listening to the hyper partisan hyperbole that comes out of our politicians. The Republicans and Democrats are both at fault for over politicizing everything and being simply concerned with acquiring more power for their own party. Very few concern themselves with interpreting, following, protecting, enforcing the constitution of the United States. This is the job of the 3 branches of government. If we as Americans can simply agree on that and have that as our binding principle we can debate the details. Until we get there however, power will continue to be the football without regard to the sidelines or end zones.
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    We insist we know how you waste our money.
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    More transparency can only be good. Sadly, I question my government’s motives, honesty, integrity. I’ve seen too much graft and self serving, especially in the past couple years, to just trust any of you.
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    ALL House Spending Bills AKA the “House “Show Your Work Act.” I’d also would recommend and support the passage of a House Bill AKA the “House Show Your Work Act” which would require the House to make fiscal models, policy models, and data preparation routines that it uses in estimating the costs and other fiscal, social, or economic effects of legislation publicly available in a manner that allows them to be replicated for ALL its “Spending Bills” submitted for passage to,the Senate. SneakyPete.... 👍🏻👍🏻HouseSpendingBills👍🏻👍🏻. 6.6.19.....
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    This is simply an attempt by the GOP to continue attacking the independent CBO.
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    Y E. S! CBO ACCOUNTABILITY in the ways the budget is modeled is a very good idea. Americans are waking up to the fact that “black box” hidden agendas & methods are robbing us of our Democracy. T. R. A. N. S. P. A. R. E. N. C. Y
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    With a history of never getting their forecasts correct the CBO needs to be transparent.
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    Should be under public scrutiny.
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    Transparency, transparency, transparency.
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    Absolutely these things should be public. In fact, more things need to be made public, as these career, criminal, and career criminal politicians need to be held accountable for all things they do and don’t do and should have oversight under intense scrutiny. They always say, “the American people want...” as if they know what the American people want. They vote the way they want to on things anyway regardless of what the “American people want.” Or they vote the way their lobbyists tell them. So short answer...ABSOLUTELY it should be open to the public.
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    Yes, Congress works for taxpayers, this is information that forecast the cost to the American taxpayer there should always be transparency and how they arrived at the cost. Also again congress has to stop over spending and cut programs or allotment of money to each branch of government, NOW!
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    This is a good idea. The “ordinary citizen could follow along and ask good questions.
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    It is important for any predictive science (essentially what the CBO provides) to lay bare the assumptions and factors leading to their predictions for appropriate review by other predictive scientists. It can only lead to better budgetary predictions in the future. There is an issue in that there must be some factors in these predictions that involve assumptions on political, demographic, and legislative trends. Exposing these factors in any detail is a very dangerous aspect of this- they have to be presented in a smeared out "less than full disclosure" means to avoid those factors being used to drive political processes, or to be challenged for political purposes. Disclosure, YES! Protect the independence of the CBO from political use/abuse, YES! This has to be done carefully and thoughtfully.
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